Police have attacked a nursery school in Santa Catarina in the state of Brazil, killing three children, injuring a teacher and an educational aide.
Small children between the ages of six months and two attended from kindergarten in Saudad, with emergency services being helped at around 10:35 am local time on Tuesday.
According to local reports, the callers said that a young man who had made his way into the building was sneaking inside with them. The culprit managed to kill several people before being caught.
All the victims were in the same class, while the other teachers managed to lock themselves and the children in other rooms to look after them. There were some 30 children in the building at the time of the attack, according to police spokeswoman Jeronimo Merkel Ferreira.
Two children were reportedly killed at the scene, while a third was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. The names and ages of the victims have not been disclosed.
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Before the police arrived at the scene, the attacker tried to commit suicide and seriously injured himself. He was taken to the hospital under police supervision.
The motives for the atrocities are unknown at the moment. The attacker was described as an 18-year-old male, who arrived at nursing school on a bicycle. Police said he had no apparent connection to the victims and no prior criminal record.
“It’s an inexplicable tragedy. We’re putting teams together to support families. It’s something that has no explanation,” Said the Mayor of Saudades Maciel Schneider.
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In Statement Posted on Twitter, State Governor Daniela Reinehr expressed her “deep sadness” Announced three days of mourning over the tragedy and in memory of the victims.
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